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ERIC Number: ED409571
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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California Proposition 187: Pickets and Pedagogy.
Chambers, Paul
The passage of California's Proposition 187 has mandated political and cultural debate in composition curriculum thus exploding the de-politicized composition classroom myth. As this anti-immigration initiative of 1994 applied to education, it most directly affected K-12, but it also represented a huge financial impact to higher education. It made undocumented immigrants ineligible for public social services, public health care, and public education at every level. Little of the heated pre-election rhetoric came from the academic community. Although the teachers' union donated $350,000 to combat 187, education's stance was not unified. The State Board of Education, for example, refused to endorse opposition. Proposition 187 passed with a 59% "yes" vote. Scores of academic senates, student groups, and professional organizations reacted with angry statements. The question is not whether 187 is right or wrong, but why there was an absence of pre-election debate. Where was the access to political discourse? Should not informed debate be a natural function of an educated society? This dialectic learning should be mirrored in a composition classroom. People should be taught that in a democracy they can have access to critical political inquiry through communication. (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 187 (California 1994)